This is still a very doughy idea but I thought I would put it out there for ideas anyway. worst case scenerio is no body responds. Well here goes
I am a homebrewer and love to brew beer, however, as much as possible I would like to step lightly on the earth and brewing has some seriously questionable environmental effects. I try to buy only organic ingredients and I buy as local
as I can. These two goals can sometimes interfere with each other but that is another story.
"So where's the stove question?" you may be asking.
Here it is
The BIGGEST worry I have is that I use propane to do the actual brewing. this involves heating around 15 gallons of water
to around 180f and then maintaining a temp of around 150f for 1-2 hours and finally boiling around 13 gallons of liquid (now very full of sugar) for 1-2 hours.
I am also considering working a solar water heater
into the equation.
The maintaining step I accomplish with a big ol' beverage cooler but the initial heating and boiling is all propane on a big outdoor gas burner. So I was on here reading about RMH
and I started to wonder if it would work for my purposes.
Two or three separate heaters
, one for heating the water, one (or possibly a cooler area on the first) for maintaining temps (thus less plastic in my setup) and a third (or second) for doing the actual boil.
The additional idea I had was to creat this structure on three levels so that after water is put in the top I can move from one station to the next via gravity alone.
So other than the fact that this starts to look like a 15' long masonry behemoth does anyone have ideas? Critisisms (except of my spelling, no spell check on this computer). laudits and praise also gladly accepted.
Thanks in advance!